Introduction of Erasmus+ programme

 

What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad.
Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn't just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.
Detailed information on these opportunities, including eligibility criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. An indicative funding guide for some centralised opportunities is also available.

 

What does it support?

Erasmus+ provides grants for activities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport. It offers opportunities for:
•    individuals to spend a mobility or volunteering period abroad and to receive linguistic training,
•    organisations to collaborate in project partnerships in the fields of academic and vocational training, schools, adult learning and European sport events.
Erasmus+ also supports teaching, research, networking and policy debate on EU topics.
Erasmus+ supports the Eurydice network, which describes education systems in Europe and offers comparative analysis of national systems and policies from early childhood to adult education.

 

Erasmus+ International dimension

Erasmus+ includes a strong international dimension: cooperation with Partner Countries notably in the field of higher education and youth, through institutional partnerships, youth cooperation and mobility worldwide. 

 

Who can participate?

The programme supports organisations, institutions, bodies or groups. These organisations, in turn support a wide range of individuals, including: students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people, volunteers, youth workers, teachers, professors, trainers, coaches, athletes, and professionals of organisations active in the relevant fields.
This is explained in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide (Part A).

 

Aims

The aim of Erasmus+ is to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion, as well as the aims of ET2020, the EU's strategic framework for education and training.
Erasmus+ also aims to promote the sustainable development of its partners in the field of higher education, and contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy.
Specific issues tackled by the programme include:
•    Reducing unemployment, especially among young people
•    Promoting adult learning, especially for new skills and skills required by the labour market.
•    Encouraging young people to take part in European democracy
•    Supporting innovation, cooperation and reform
•    Reducing early school leaving
•    Promoting cooperation and mobility with the EU's partner countries

 

Outcomes

The outcomes of Erasmus+ are available in reports and compendia of statistics, as well as through the Erasmus+ Projects Platform, which includes most of the initiatives funded by the programme, as well as a selection of good practices and success stories.

 

Reports

The mid-term evaluation report of the Erasmus+ Programme (2014-2020) is available in 23 languages and builds on national reports submitted by the Programme countries, evaluation reports by an external independent contractor, other reviewed studies e.g. the Erasmus impact study of 2014, experience in managing the programme and over a million responses from all interested parties.
Following the completion of the Erasmus+ Programme in 2020, a final evaluation of the Programme will be conducted by the Commission.
Further information is available in the evaluation reports of the Erasmus+ Programme.
Check the website of the Publications Office of the European Union for more reports and studies on the Erasmus+ Programme.

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus
 

Care4E - Care for Europe

Care for Europe

This project brings together 4 higher education institutions in 4 European countries: the French Red Cross IRFSS Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in France, University of Pécs in Hungary, Universitat de Lleida in Spain and Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland.

Care for Europe aims to internationalize nursing courses, through a better integration of incoming students during their clinical placements. Paramedical professions are increasingly concerned with globalization and it is therefore important to train our future nurses in multicultural teamwork, so that they acquire intercultural skills. The cultural diversity of the 4 participants, located in different European regions, will result in rich exchanges and allow us to compare our visions, cultures and complementary care practices.

In order to fulfill this integration goal and implement the project, the 4 partners will co-create innovative educational resources that can be used by the different stakeholders of nursing courses:

• a MOOC for professionals supervising nursing interns;

• a guide to good practices intended for higher education institutions with a nursing department, focused on welcoming incoming nursing students and their clinical placements;

• a film recounting the experience of incoming nursing students who carry out a clinical placement, in order to popularize the practice of Erasmus mobilities in nursing care, especially in hospitals, healthcare or medico-social structures.

EDUC+M - EDUCating for Positive Management

EDUCating for Positive Management

The „EDUCating for Positive Management” project was designed by the six members of the EDUC European University selected by Erasmus+ in 2019. They all share an interest in developing new learning materials to promote more responsible management approaches, including enterpreneurship. Each partner has key expertise related to the project topic: the University of Paris Nanterre with responsible strategies and business models, the University of Potsdam with entreprneurship, information system and public information, the Masaryk University and the University of Cagliari with stakeholder management and governance, the University of Pécs with marketing approaches and the University of Rennes 1 with ethical human management.
In the context of international engagements on social, environmental and economic issues (UN Sustainable Development Goals, EU Agenda 2030, European Green Deal, “Accord de Paris”, …) and of the digital revolution, universities in management have a great role to play in the environmental and social transition by providing and teaching new management tools that could help to face 21st century challenges. It could also be consistent with new solutions to face the post-COVID 19 crisis.

The general objective of our project is to tackle the gap of existing management fundamentals and teaching by proposing alternative contents, new tools and pedagogical models. We aim to produce and experiment with innovative pedagogical methods, tested in interdisciplinary and intercultural enviroments with digital, blended and face-to-face approaches. A programme of four courses for the master’s degree programme will be produced: an online course about „Management for the Digital Age”, a Positive Business game, a blended learning course about „Innovation in Positive Management” and a Positive Manager study programme.
 

V4 Green Universities

V4 Green Universities

V4GU aims at contributing to the support of today’s largest challenge, the fight against climate change. The special report of IPCC on global warning was announced in Incheon, on 8 Oct 2018. It states that limiting global warning to 1.5 °C would require rapid, far-reaching changes in all aspects of society. The report relies on more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the contribution of thousands of experts and government reviewers worldwide. One of the key messages that comes very strongly from this report is that global net human-caused emissions of CO2 need to fall by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ’net zero’ for 2050. The report highlights the role of ’Education, information and community approaches’ in this mission.

The aim of PTE is to share information about climate change - causes, effects, actions - in an understandable way with as many people as possible, primarily with its twenty thousand students and more than seven thousand employees.

PTE reached to the top 100th place in 2019 in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking competition, which ranks 780 green universities in the world. The University has selected its partners for the V4GU project from among the most successful green universities in the Danube Region of the network, guaranteeing that all participants will be able to share valuable experiences in environmentally conscious lifestyle and facility operation.

Our activies:
1.    V4 Green University Conference in Pécs.The aim of the event is to introduce the climate protection program of the institutions, to introduce the toolset of the involved universities for mobilizing students, lecturers and employees, and to evaluate their success. We would also like to encourage other universities of the V4 countries to the cooperation.
2.    Organising local (national) workshops in the five participating countries to discuss the possibilites of joint green university programmes and identify cooperation possibilites.
3.    Video campaigns for students: Students’, our direct target group’s attention can be grabbed only by tailor-made, exciting tools such as online videos with infographics and cartoons. TED videos will serve as a basis for this work. Our aim is to explain the students how their everyday habits influence the climate and how their behaviour could be transformed to an eco-conscious attitude.
4.    Organising social competitions: People always compare their behaviour to others and they want to be the best, that’s why social competitions work. The competition rewards the most successful participants with prizes.
 

EDUC - European Digital UniverCity

European Digital UniverCity

By 2022, European Digital UniverCity (EDUC) will have built its foundations to guarantee a sustainable cooperation between its six members, a sustainable common structure and tools to test innovative pedagogies. The joint governance model and common tools will enable EDUC members to address structural and societal challenges they would not be able to tackle on their own. 

EDUC aims to form a community of practice which will firstly be able to make implicit knowledge and practices visible and secondly to transform them into explicit information and common practices. This will help to lower formal barriers and grant accessibility to get students, lecturers and staff involved in on-going communication and interaction processes. Exchanges and collaborations will lead to mutual understanding and widening of individual horizons as well as promote sensitivity for diversity. Interconnectedness and interdependencies will result from interlinked processes and structures, which will be the basis for the community of practice.

Indeed, EDUC’s long-term ambition is to reinforce European identity as well as strengthen the European identification process by enhancing knowledge creation and by putting forward European skills acquisition. EDUC wants to contribute to the progress of the Bologna process by setting up a new mobile and inclusive European Higher Education community that relies on innovative pedagogies and digital tools and by proposing new forms of cooperation. 

BECOMING - Educating Experts of the Future: Developing Bioinformatics and Biostatistics compoetencies of European Biomedical Students

Educating Experts of the Future: Developing Bioinformatics and Biostatistics competencies of European Biomedical Students

The demand for biomedical data scientists within and outside Europe is projected to grow 34% from 2014 to 2024, with bioinformaticians and biostatisticians as two of the highly demanded professions. This implies the need for proper education. While in the US and Western Europe there are already available academic programs at the Bachelor and Master levels that offer an adequate education in bioinformatics and biostatistics applied in life sciences, in Eastern and Central Europe there are unmet educational needs in this respect. Hence, the aim of the project is to support a change in the landscape related to the availability of well trained bioinformaticians and biostatisticians.

NetHIIP - Network of Health Science Innovation Incubation Programs

Network of Health Science Innovation Incubation Programs

Smart specialization in many regions of CE is not functioning due to the lack of innovation capacity and disconnection between the actors on local and transnational level. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) shall become seedbeds for innovation by understanding the market needs and providing innovation knowledge, business contacts and support for students, who will later implement RIS3 as entrepreneurs, employees or decision makers. HEIs are unable to meet these requirements and are not sharing best practices of knowledge & technology transfer. This challenge is particularly present in the area of public health, medicine and life sciences, where several key enabling technologies emerge, such as biotechnology, nanomedicine, e-Health, biomaterials, 3D printing, big data. The objective of NetHIIP is to connect the CE members of the innovation system to enable them to interact and strengthen their innovation capacity. The consortium will develop a transnational incubation process that allows innovation to emerge by a bottom up process at HEIs in interaction with RIS3 actors. To achieve continuous market validation of the innovative ideas, market actors will be involved as mentors, judges, guest speakers. All incubation activities will be channelled through an online ‘incubation platform’ allowing continuous interaction among the students and regional innovation actors, creating transnational transparency of capacities, and boosting transnational co-creation, co-learning and validation. Partners with different levels of knowledge will strengthen their competences, reduce their disparities and promote the cooperation of RIS3 actors in the CE area. Strong links will be created to local/national/EU public administrations by the state-owned HEIs and by the ASPs, such as EIT Health. The pilots will support students boosting their innovation capacities, validating their ideas by market and public actors, which will make the quadruple helix and smart specialization work. 

CONSCIOUS - Curriculum Developement of Human Clinical Trials for the Next Generation Biomedical Students

Curriculum Developement of Human Clinical Trials for the Next Generation Biomedical Students

In addition to its portfolio of multinational clinical trials, ECRIN contributes to various infrastructure development projects. Diverse in scope and country involvement, these projects have a shared goal of improving the landscape for clinical research in both Europe and internationally. 
CONSCIOUS aims to tackle the skills gaps and mismatches related to European-level clinical trial professionals through curriculum development and preparation of e-learning material for the career development of biomedical (medical, pharmacy, clinical research master) students.
The CONSCIOUS project  will provide open education and innovative practise in a digital area by making e-Learning material available for the Next Generation Biomedical Students regardless of where they live in the world.
 

NEWSREEL - New skills for the next generation of journalists

New skills for the next generation of journalists

Journalists have an essential role in the new media landscape as a pillar of credible and contextualized information. Being in competition with several alternatives, non-professional or even deliberately manipulated news, professional journalism should be empowered by new competencies and skills. Among the opportunities enabled by digital technologies, processing, analysing and visualizing big amounts of data as well as the multi-sectoral and digital cross-border co-operations open new fields of journalistic activities, and new ways to speak about public issues. However, this environment also entails technical and economic risks, and it demands expertise in IT security as well as the development of business models and strategies from journalists and media companies. Journalists face several ethical challenges that should be handled to meet their social responsibilities. Fake news and hate speech have become a big issue in the public sphere, and so have whistleblowing and activism.
By improving skills of a new generation of European journalists, NEWSREEL will contribute to the strenghtening of the common European democratic public sphere by improving the collaborative and cross-border journalism that is able to elaborate and make tangible the huge amount of available data, and that is based on a predictable business strategy and a firm ethical foundation.
 

NetMIB - Network of multidisciplinary ideation and business model generation

Network of multidisciplinary ideation and business model generation

Creating a common framework and a unified entrepreneurial ecosystem across the EU that includes HEIs as the engine of open innovation, inequality among the regions of the EU can be decreased. The main objective of the NetMIB is to facilitate the efficient cooperation between the public - private - governmental sphere of the economy in order to enable socio-economic growth via the development of entrepreneurial skills, capacity of university students. This general objective involves the improvement of the quality and relevance of the teaching methodology at the participating HEIs to develop entrepreneurial capacity of university students. The project while developing entrepreneurial capacity aims at providing answers to current socio-economic problems by generating relevant business ideas on the part of university students. This action learning approach will further strengthen the functioning of the Triple Helix model at the participating HEIs. By internationally interconnecting the participating HEIs' ideation and business model generation practices in the framework of the NetMIB significant intercultural, cross industrial, and multidisciplinary benefits will arise on the parts of all participants. The project also intends to establish a transnational entrepreneurship ecosystem that can support the development of entrepreneurial skills of participating persons (students, faculty members, business professionals, public servents,...etc), while creating innovative solutions that are able to solve regional, national or international socio-economic problems.
The project consortium consists of two research institutions, three HEIs, one being an oversees expert in the field and one university lead sceince park as members. The consortium is further supported by associated partners who are part of the knwoledge triangle at each local ecosystem and will benefit from the improvement of the local and the establisment of a transnational entrepreneurial ecosystem. The research insituttions have conducted extensive research activities in the field of educational methodologies, while the HEIs have been implementing state of the art entrepreneurship educations tools and methods to enhance socio-economic benefit of their activities.

CLILMED - CLIL in Medical Education: Reaching for Tools toTeach Effectively in English in a Multicultural and Multilingual Learning Space

CLIL in Medical Education: Reaching for Tools toTeach Effectively in English in a Multicultural and Multilingual Learning Space

The main goal of the CLIL in Medical Education project: Reaching for Tools to Teach Effectively in English in a Multicultural and Multilingual Learning Space (CLILMED) is to improve the language qualifications of the teaching staff (English) and cooperation with leading medical schools for innovation and exchange of good practices. Its implementation will start on October 31, 2019.

CLILMED's main assumption is to equip academic teachers with high language competences in the field of medical sciences and health care, which will allow them to work effectively in a multicultural environment, including teaching students from abroad and facilitating stays in foreign research centers. As part of the project, selected academic teachers will be educated based on the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) method, recommended by the European Commission for the promotion of language learning and linguistic diversity. Important features of this method are: systematic group work, selection of exercises that take into account different types of student intelligence, learning through different sensory channels, the use of sources and materials suitable for conducting integrated teaching, vocabulary useful for the CLIL lesson.